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3 Days in Mullion Cove – South West Cornwall
Kynance Cove

3 Days in Mullion Cove – South West Cornwall

3 days in South West Cornwall based in Mullion Cove. Visit Lizard Point, Kynance Cove, Minack Theatre, St. Michael's Mount, Land's End, Polurrian, Poldhu and St. Ives.

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Carnarvon Motel, Carnarvon.  An Unexpected Highlight!
Carnarvon Motel WA

Carnarvon Motel, Carnarvon.  An Unexpected Highlight!

All in all, the Carnarvon Motel was an unexpected mini highlight of the trip.  For a room 1/6th of the price of the luxurious Sal Salis Resort we had just come from, we had a comfortable bed, bathroom and all you would expect from a decent motel room.  The bonus though was great local company in the bar during happy hour (the beer is very cheap here at $6 a pint) - we cried laughing at some of the good humoured banter.  This was followed by a great steak in the "Hot Rocks" restaurant.  You cook your steak just to your liking on a hot lava rock at your table.

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Esperance WA’s Best Beaches
Kangaroos on Lucky Bay - Cape le Grand National Park

Esperance WA’s Best Beaches

The road from Bremer Bay to Esperance (home of Australia's best beaches) was long - very long - and straight.  There were hardly any vehicles on it except the odd road train (shortish) which gave you a start as it rushed past.  The road took us through interesting sounding places like Jerramingup, Munillinup and Nindilibillup.  Up means "place of" around here - I wonder what these places we were passing through were places of ...?  They didn't have enough interest to make us stop long enough to find out.  We were keen to press on to Esperance and explore all those beautiful beaches.  It took us around 4 hours in total to get here.

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Accommodation Review:  Quaalup Homestead Wilderness Retreat, Bremer Bay
Quaalup Homestead Wilderness Retreat Restaurant

Accommodation Review:  Quaalup Homestead Wilderness Retreat, Bremer Bay

Qualuup Homestead Wilderness Retreat is the only accommodation in the Fitzgerald River National Park. situated on 40 acres of privately owned bushland in the western side of the National Park, near the town of Bremer Bay.  It is 189km from Albany via Devils Creek Rd. and a further

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Best Place to See Kangaroos in Western Australia – G’Day Skippy!
G'Day Skippy

Best Place to See Kangaroos in Western Australia – G’Day Skippy!

The road from Mandurah to Margaret River has one of the best places to see kangaroos in Western Australia - G'Day Skippy! Our journey south continued today via Dunsborough to the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse in Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park.  The road from the lighthouse to Ngilgi Cave passes close to the Petra Olive Oil Estate where a quick detour to Sheoak Drive rewards you with easy sightings of kangaroos.

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Two Days in Memphis Day 1
I am a Man Memorial National Museum of Civil Rights Memphis

Two Days in Memphis Day 1

Two Days in Memphis Day 1 - There is a LOT to do here and you need to be very well organised if you want to do it all!  This was how we tackled it.

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Puzzling World Wanaka – Can you Find the Love in Hate?
Can you find the love in hate?

Puzzling World Wanaka – Can you Find the Love in Hate?

The weather turned chilly, very windy and promised rain in the afternoon.  We managed a leisurely stroll around the lakeside and then paid a visit to Puzzling World Wanaka.  We failed the challenge of exiting the giant maze within the 60 minutes target and gave up when we saw an emergency exit.  If there was one of these back home, it would make a fortune I think! The attraction houses a whole host of illusional exhibits which turn your brain inside out.

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Rock Springs via Jackson – Aiming for the Armpit
Elk Antler Arch Jackson

Rock Springs via Jackson – Aiming for the Armpit

We got talking to a couple of local guys in the Deadman's Bar last night - well actually, they'd started the conversation by asking us how we were enjoying our visit to the colonies. We laughed at this and the conversation went on for an hour or more by which time we had sorted out American politics, English politics, beer, whisky, resource management and - well we ran out of time for world peace. They asked us where we were headed next and when we said Rock Springs , they told us this was the armpit of Wyoming, in their opinion. Great - so we are aiming for the armpit then! We headed off towards Jackson and stopped off at the National Museum of Wildlife Art on the way. This was a fantastic museum - really worth the stop, I would go so far as to say that if you have time to visit only one museum in this area, this should be your choice.

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Beartooth Highway – Jaw Dropping!
High on Life at the Beartooth Highway Summit

Beartooth Highway – Jaw Dropping!

We left Billings behind us and continued to head West towards the Beartooth Highway. This 68 mile stretch of road runs right into Yellowstone Park. We passed through Red Rocks on the way, which is a lovely little place. This would have been a better overnight stop than Billings I think, although we had travelled about as far as we could go yesterday, so another hour would have maybe been too much.

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Buckle up for the Badlands …
Boiling Heat in Badlands National Park

Buckle up for the Badlands …

We headed off on the Interstate 90 towards the Badlands National Park with Lucinda Williams ("too rock to be country, too country to be rock!) belting out Car Wheels on a Gravel Road. The road took us through Wall, on the edge of the Park. from a long way away, roadsigns for Wall Drug started popping up every c5 miles or so. We were driving too fast to photograph them - "Frosted Mug Beer", "Badlands Maps", "Homemade Pie", "Breakfast Roll, Donuts, Fudge and Pie" - all available at Wall Drug. It seems like you can get just about everything at Wall Drug, I was beginning to wonder if there was anything you couldn't get?  "Be Yourself" at Wall Drug - you can even get therapy?! OK - the temptation was just too much - we just HAD to pull off at Wall Drug.

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